Chief Operating Officer

Birmingham, AL
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Dec 24, 2022

Do you want to be the CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER at Autocar?

What will you do?  We are looking for a Lean practitioner, mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded people leader and manager with experience in execution and scaling an organization, leading an executive and mid-level management team, and developing a lean and results oriented culture among a group of diverse individuals. The COO must be a leader and Manager who is able to help others at Autocar deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the vision a reality. The COO oversees all internal projects and operations of the company, while driving continuous improvement and a developing a Lean culture allowing the President to focus on external matters.  The Chief Operating Officer will help execute the strategy that underpins the President and Chairman’s vision, and take the lead in implementing it.

Key Responsibilities

  • Execute on lean operations management and¬†continually implement and¬†¬†improve lean operational processes
  • Enable through designing a framework to implement strategy into operations and manage the strategic assets of the company¬†to enable¬†the company¬†to achieve¬†the target returns on investment
  • Develop the overall business and deliver the expected results
  • Drive key change and transformation initiatives
  • Bring business model innovation¬†enhancements¬†to shape¬†the future of the business
  • Manage,¬†train,¬†recruit and develop the people¬†needed for delivery

Operations Management

  • Manage¬†operating¬†processes¬†within¬†the¬†value¬†chain (including¬†alignment¬†of¬†support¬†functions)
  • Manage¬†infrastructure¬†and¬†interfaces¬†within¬†the¬†value¬†chain
  • Budget¬†planning¬†and¬†allocation¬†(e.g.,¬†make-or-buy¬†decisions)
  • Maintain¬†transparent¬†cost¬†monitoring¬†and¬†reporting
  • Set¬†up¬†appropriate¬†performance¬†targets,¬†monitoring¬†of progress¬†and¬†KPI¬†reporting¬†to¬†leadership
  • Maintain¬†and¬†monitor¬†staffing and training to meet financial, quality and customer expectations
  • Manage operational¬†risk¬†(including¬†controls)

Operational Processes

  • Implement and execute the "symbol" and¬†six Sigma lean principles throughout the organization
  • Continuously¬†improve first time Quality throughout the organization
  • Increase¬†operational¬†agility¬†(e.g.,¬†flexibility¬†of¬†the¬†value¬†chain)
  • Optimization¬†across¬†silos¬†(i.e.,¬†value¬†chain¬†optimization)
  • Align¬†resources¬†and¬†find synergies¬†within¬†operations
  • Increase¬†efficiency¬†(e.g.,¬†integrated supply chain¬†management, profitability and cost improvement, working¬†capital¬†management)
  • Improve¬†contribution¬†of¬†support¬†functions¬†to¬†operations
  • Implement¬†appropriate¬†reward¬†and recognition¬†models
  • Leverage¬†innovation¬†and¬†technological¬†improvement
  • Improve vendors base first time quality with our expectations

Implement Strategy into Operations

  • Set¬†up¬†appropriate¬†organizational¬†structures
  • Derive¬†goals¬†for¬†business¬†units¬†from¬†the¬†vision¬†and¬†strategy
  • Design operating¬†model¬†and¬†implement¬†to¬†achieve strategic¬†goals
  • Implement¬†operating systems, establishing and implementing¬†operating¬†policies,¬†directives,¬†procedures¬†and KPIs¬†to¬†support¬†corporate¬†strategy
  • Assist¬†support¬†functions¬†(HR,¬†IT,¬†etc.)¬†in¬†setting¬†up procedures¬†that¬†link¬†to¬†corporate¬†strategy
  • Translate¬†strategic¬†C-suite¬†goals¬†into¬†a¬†tangible¬†working¬†reality for¬†employees

Manage Strategic Assets

  • Design¬†manufacturing¬†footprint
  • Own¬†intellectual¬†property¬†(including¬†setting¬†up¬†strategy¬†and¬†processes¬†to¬†generate,¬†identify¬†and¬†secure¬†intellectual¬†property)
  • Create¬†pipeline¬†of suitable lean minded¬†¬†talent:¬†influencing¬†attraction¬†and¬†retention
  • Mentor,¬†coach¬†and¬†facilitate¬†key¬†talent¬†within¬†operations for the lean six Sigma symbol process
  • Align¬†resources¬†and¬†talent¬†management¬†agenda
  • Implement¬†appropriate¬†models¬†for¬†rewards¬†and¬†recognition¬†of¬†staff implementing¬†coaching¬†and¬†corrective¬†practices as needed
  • Support¬†brand¬†management¬†and¬†creation¬†of¬†reputation¬†by¬†delivering¬†products¬†and¬†services¬†of¬†highest¬†quality
  • Continuously¬†enforce¬†the¬†value¬†system¬†of¬†the¬†company¬†(e.g.,¬†leading¬†by¬†motivation¬†and¬†engagement,¬†‚Äúwalk¬†the¬†talk‚Äú)

Drive Key Change and Transformation Initiatives

  • Build¬†commitment¬†among¬†stakeholders¬†by¬†using¬†‚Äútheir language‚Ä̬†and¬†inspiring¬†them
  • Set¬†up¬†clear¬†objectives¬†and¬†key¬†measures¬†of change in the context of various cultural and corporate specifications
  • Create¬†a¬†clear¬†plan¬†with¬†transparent¬†outline¬†of¬†benefits
  • Manage¬†skills¬†and¬†transformational¬†activity¬†alignment¬†(e.g.,¬†matching¬†of¬†talent¬†to¬†change¬†initiatives)
  • Design¬†and¬†implement¬†the¬†right¬†behaviors¬†according¬†to the¬†key¬†area¬†of¬†change
  • Shape¬†the¬†company¬†culture

Shape the Future of the Business

  • Ability¬†to¬†proactively¬†share¬†and¬†discuss¬†strategic¬†options¬†(e.g.,¬†organic¬†growth,¬†M&A)
  • Innovate¬†existing¬†business¬†model¬†by¬†linking¬†market developments¬†back¬†to¬†operations
  • Ability to articulate the corporate vision to the key stakeholders,¬†using¬†language¬†relevant¬†to¬†their¬†function
  • Challenge¬†C-suite¬†and¬†Chairman¬†opinions,¬†while¬†also¬†being¬†a trusted¬†advisor
  • Discuss¬†operational¬†readiness
  • Create¬†a¬†framework¬†for¬†the¬†companies‚Äô¬†innovation¬†processes¬†(e.g., by engaging workforce, clients and suppliers)
  • Portfolio¬†alignment
  • Entrepreneurial¬†and¬†flexible¬†approach¬†towards¬†challenges
  • Ensure¬†usage¬†of¬†enabling¬†technologies¬†and¬†workflows

Required Skills

  • ‚ÄúWalk the talk‚ÄĚ lean practitioner that has experience transforming operations into lean high quality operations.
  • Detailed¬†knowledge¬†of¬†internal¬†processes¬†and¬†procedures,¬†product¬†and¬†service¬†offerings, demand and supply situation
  • Detailed¬†understanding¬†of¬†lean¬†operations¬†role¬†in¬†business transformations
  • End-to-end understanding¬†of¬†the¬†value¬†drivers¬†of¬†the¬†company
  • Knowledge of budgeting, costing and accounting principles relevant¬†to¬†the¬†industry¬†and¬†market¬†in¬†which¬†the organization¬†operates
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†cost-efficient¬†sourcing¬†and¬†logistics¬†strategies,¬†suitable¬†production¬†systems, sustainability¬†and¬†ethical¬†standards
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†lean¬†continuous¬†improvement¬†measures¬†and processes, supplier¬†assessments and¬†benchmarking¬†tools¬†to¬†measure¬†against¬†peers
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†(technological¬†and¬†IT)¬†trends and best practices¬†in¬†the¬†sector
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†the¬†complete¬†value¬†chain,¬†related¬†processes¬†and procedures and the strategic¬†decision-making¬†processes
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†the¬†company‚Äôs¬†human¬†capital¬†and¬†operating¬†capabilities
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†governance,¬†risk,¬†compliance¬†and¬†legal¬†issues relevant¬†in¬†the¬†market
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†management,¬†protection¬†and¬†building¬†of¬†brand
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†change¬†management¬†techniques¬†and¬†pitfalls, strategic¬†and¬†operational¬†planning and alternative¬†and¬†innovative¬†communication methods¬†to¬†reach¬†consensus
  • Knowledge¬†of¬†business¬†modeling¬†and¬†design¬†thinking and innovation¬†management¬†best¬†practices
  • Understanding¬†of¬†key¬†geographic¬†and¬†macroeconomic¬†issues,¬†analytical¬†and¬†predictive¬†models¬†and the¬†various¬†dimensions¬†of¬†different¬†operating models (operational strategy, governance, process, technology,¬†organizational¬†design,¬†performance)
  • Situational¬†leadership¬†skills¬†with¬†regards¬†to¬†different¬†target groups
  • Cultural¬†expertise
  • Practical¬†understanding¬†of¬†people¬†management¬†implications during¬†change¬†and¬†transformation¬†projects
  • Marketing¬†knowledge¬†(regarding¬†new¬†products)

Required Qualifications

  • At least¬†5¬†years‚Äô¬†experience as COO in a¬†Lean¬†manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrable competency in¬†transforming organizations to¬†lean principles, and¬†management of large diverse staff¬†and¬†strategic planning
  • Proven track record of executing¬†organization Change Plans and delivery of results
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics
  • Outstanding organizational¬†management¬†and leadership abilities¬†to deliver results
  • Excellent interpersonal¬†skills
  • Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving
  • Comfortable with constant change
  • Strategic¬†mindset¬†and¬†planning¬†capabilities
  • Very strong lean management skills

Who we are

Autocar is the only American truck manufacturer focused on trucks for severe-duty vocational applications. But above all, Autocar is focused on our customers: Our truck helps our customers to be more successful and to achieve their challenging objectives.

Autocar’s hundreds of customers include every national waste-hauling fleet, major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, and Charlotte, and many of the largest retailers and freight handlers in North America.

As the industry's technology and innovation leader, Autocar has forged strong partnerships with the leading suppliers in the business, including, Allison, Cummins, ArvinMeritor, Hendrickson among others, and has delivered more natural gas vehicles than all of our competitors combined.

Autocar is the oldest motor vehicle manufacturer in the United States and built America's first truck, in 1899. A proudly American-owned company, Autocar is headquartered in Hagerstown, Indiana and is affiliated with GVW Group, based in Highland Park, Illinois.

What does it take to be a part of our team?

  • CHARACTER: We look for people with integrity, honesty, loyalty, humility, and who do not engage in internal politics.
  • PROACTIVE:¬†You are a doer, self-made and have led big changes.
  • RESULTS DRIVEN: You are a ‚Äúfinisher‚ÄĚ, get things done, and like to win.
  • ENTERPRISING:¬†You think outside the box, can work in agile, unstructured environments and don‚Äôt reinvent the wheel.
  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: You have a global view resulting from work with sophisticated international companies.
  • SENSE OF URGENCY:¬†You act with the realization that efficiency is vital to success.
  • HIGHLY COLLABORATIVE: Collaboration is the fuel of our business, whether it is between employees, partners or customers. You are a driving force for continued efficiency among everyday tasks and a necessity for improving the outcomes of business activities.

Where will you work?

The Chief Operating Officer will be based in Birmingham Alabama.

What do we offer in benefits?

We offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, 401K plan, etc.


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